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Between 1957 and 1969 there were 3 B-52s, 5 KC-135s and a B-47 that
crashed at or near Loring. ALl but one of these incidents resulted in
fatalities. You would have to narrow the year down a little better.
There is a chronological list of all Maine military aircraft accidents
on my web site at mewreckchasers.com
From either the Aroostook Republican or the Limelite newspaper dated May 10,
"Investigation into an on-base crash that took the lives of six men of
the United States Air Force continued this morning at Loring, a day after a
great KC-135 jet stratortanker was blasted to bits on takeoff.
The four-engined tanker with four crewman and two maintenance personnel
aboard, is believed to have been airborne before it nosed down and cut a
wide swath through woods about 1,500 feet north of the flight line,
exploding and burning its way to destruction.
There was no crater, but pieces of the aircraft were strewn over a wide
area of the countryside as the $3.6 million aircraft came apart. All bodies
were recovered and identified.
The 42nd Air Refueling Squadron plane, with a reported 31, 000 gallons
of jet fuel in its tanks sped down the runway at 1:20am but never got off
base. Fires continued to burn in the forest grave many hours after the
It was the first major aircraft accident at Loring since November 1960,
when a KC-135 destroyed itself while landing, one man dying in the mishap.
All of the men who died in the crackup were married. The fatalities
left 10 children without fathers.
The dead and their survivors: crew members -
Capt. Robert M. Predmesky, 31, Detroit, aircraft commander, wife
and daughter; Capt. James S. Tewart, 30, Hamilton Ontario, co-pilot, wife,
son and daughter; Capt. Ronald Lee Cantrel, 29, Kewanee, Ill., navigator,
wife and daughter; S-Sgt. Wallace R Adams, 27, Benson, N.C., boom operator,
wife and daughter.
42nd. Organizational Maintenance Squadron personnel M-Sgt. George T.
Edmiston, 33, Golden Ridge, N.Y., wife and five children; T-Sgt. Raymond J.
Brugione, Granger, Iowa, wife.
The early morning weather was clear at takeoff time visibility was at 10
miles, the wind at 10 knots and the temperature at the freezing point.
The aircraft ripped through about 200 feet of scrub crossed a dirt road
and continued through 400 feet of evergreen as explosions hurried the
breakup. The assignment the bug jet had been a routine refueling mission."